Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Here come the cops!

I’m working on Tandem Demise, the third book in the Cycle Path series. 
     Evie Bloomfield is from Chicago and now living on Mackinac Island. The good thing is she loves the island with no cars and lots of bikes and horses and fudge. The bad thing is she has a black cloud condition that attracts dead bodies. 
     Feeling responsible for the murders and that they involve her new friends Evie sets out to find the real killers. Not an easy task for a graphic designer so she had to acquire new picking locks.
     This means I have to learn how to pick locks too. If I’m going to write about it, it has to be real. I actually keep looking out my window thinking the cops are going to pull up any minute and accuse me of the latest theft in Milford.
     This is not the only time I’ve done research that has me watching for the cops. I think it’s an occupational hazard of being a writer. I’ve done tons of research on poisons and how to make poisoning look like a natural death. Arson is another fave topic. How to set a fire and get away with it. You know, I think I might actually be able to do this one and get away with it...don’t tell anyone.
     There is the usual research of guns and knives but I think those murders are kind of boring unless of course the knife is a wedding cake knife and the gun is a musket. Now things get more interesting.
     So have you ever done research on something that you think the cops are going to pull up any minute and take you away just on general principals of sticking my nose into stuff no normal person needs to know? Have you ever Googled something and thought if Big Brother is watching I am so screwed? Let me know so I don’t feel so paranoid. 
Hugs, Duffy

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